JC's Garden of Eat'n sates cravings for gooey cheese and zesty sauce with a menu of casual Italian dishes. Diners can awaken taste buds by softly nudging them with an alarm clock or by chomping on an array of appetizers, such as fried mushrooms ($4.25) or wings ($7.25 for 10). In the kitchen, cooks fill vacant ovens with the classic cheese pizza ($7 for a 12", $10 for a 16") or supreme, hawaiian, or greek specialty pies ($9.99 for a 12", $12.99 for a 16"). Ladles splash pasta sauce onto bowls of spaghetti ($7.75), which guests can accent with meatballs, chicken parmesan, or veal parmesan ($1.25 each). The eatery also layers Italian flavors onto hot and cold sub sandwiches and slakes parched houseplants with glasses of soda ($1.65) and juice ($1.75).
Restaurants are in Chef Victor Wang's blood—he comes from a family with multiple generations in the industry. Rather than rest on that heritage, he toured Asia and the Americas for more than 20 years, seeking recipes and lessons from numerous chefs specializing in a variety of cuisines.
These days, the critically acclaimed chef injects American flavors into classic Asian cuisine from countries such as China, Korea, Thailand, and Malaysia. His menu may include Prince Edward Island mussels doused with holly, basil, and ginger; lemongrass-infused chicken soaked in a coconut curry cooked for hours; and seared sirloin marinated in sesame, soy, and garlic. Chef Victor can often be found in the dining room, explaining the complexity of his dishes and why it's too hard to teach broccoli to roll over.
Strings of lights border the green awning spanning Boulevard Beef & Ale's 75-seat outdoor patio. Indoors, neon signs and televisions cast a warm glow on the wood-paneled bar. Chefs extend this notion of comfort and casualness to the menu, dressing hand-shaped burger patties in nothing but housemade whiskey sauce, horseradish cheddar, and sweatpants, as well as enhancing USDA Choice steaks with freshly prepared tomato-and-feta salad.
A family-oriented sports bar, Benchwarmers promotes high-octane spectating with a solid menu and 10 high-definition TVs relaying NFL Sunday Ticket games. Down draft beer from the full bar, and replicate the Olympic logo with house-made onion rings. A bouquet of buffalo shrimp yearns to be dipped into succulent sauce, and the Benchwarmers burger explodes with the flavors of jack cheese and jalapeños, imbued with the bar’s own specially concocted condiment. Sandwich selections, such as the turkey club and the corned-beef-and-swiss Reuben, make a delicious alternative to sandwiching meat between the arms of two embracing sports fans. The roster of events includes free live music, poker tournaments, and underground wrestling broadcasts, and its smoke-free interior promotes all-ages merrymaking with four pool tables and a variety of kid-friendly games.
Sizzling Central American cuisine serenades senses in Estela's family-friendly interior, where customers can surf waves of free WiFi or challenge friends to games of foosball in between their savory bites. Start with a zesty appetizer such as mexican-chicken egg rolls ($6.90) before reeling in an entree such as pan-fried sea bass ranchero ($12.75) or a loaded combination platter ($9.60–$10.20). Homemade flan, fried ice cream, or choco tacos ($4.95–$5.95) can sweeten stomachs while a kaleidoscope of tequila from the restaurant's full bar adds sugar to the sentiments of dining love birds and old pinochle partners. Drool over the entire dinner menu, which also includes children's specials and vegetarian options, on Estela's website.